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SelectMinds
, which was later acquired by Oracle, provides two software-as-a-service social networking solutions to companies. One is CommunityConnect, a corporate social networking solution that is geared towards employee and alumni populations. The other is Social Sourcing (previously known as TalentVine) which is an online referral recruiting program that utilizes Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to post open jobs.

I worked at SelectMinds from 2005-2012, then from 2013-2014 at Oracle after it had been acquired. I was one of the lead UX developers.

My role was primarily as a front-end developer and initially focused on client-facing work. But because of my interest in UX design, my seniority and initiative, my responsibilities began to also include:

  • UX design (wireframing and working with the graphic designers to come up with the best user experience), using tools such as Balsamiq, Moqups and Photoshop
  • Managing the web team and their day-to-day activities
  • Working on high profile clients such as Google, Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley, IBM, Allen & Overy and Hewlett Packard.
  • Eventually transitioned to the product team. We used Agile to manage each release and my skill set expanded to include not only HTML/CSS but familiarity with JQuery, JavaScript and databases.
  • Used version control systems, specifically CVS (via Terminal and/or Eclipse)

I worked on a variety of projects but my greatest undertaking was creating a mobile version of our software. I did research, wireframes and worked with the graphic designer and later UI developer. Then once the new feature was complete, I applied it to one of our biggest clients, working on the front-end development. It was a great learning experience to be a part of the process every step of the way.

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